[the girls speak to each other via the common tongue]: Feather or a Rock
which do you love more a feather or a rock to be good is to be ‘natural’ I mean to appear you are not good you are holding up though you are holding up you are getting a drink of water you are eating you are concealing your identities this is like a riotous wilderness but more like a persistent dread your ferocity, almost mycological mythological I said mycological oh god oh my god your laughter has undertones of oak and berries and martial law conceived, as it were, in a garden
Copyright © 2018 by Ellen Welcker. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 16, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
Ellen Welcker is the author of Ram Hands (Scablands Books, 2016).
Date Published: 2018-01-16
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/girls-speak-each-other-common-tongue-feather-or-rock